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    This review was originally published on my blog ShouldaCouldaWouldaBooksIn the early 1990s Kathleen Norris spent nine months at the Benedictine monastery of St John’s in Collegeville Minnesota She signed on several years before the book begins to become an “oblate” of the order The word oblate comes from the old Latin for “offering” but in reality has come to mean someone associated with the order who tries to

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    45 Like Amazing Grace this is an impressively all encompassing and elouent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In particular the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communal living She also considers th

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    Read this book many years ago but I can't recall exactly how many I'm 99% sure it was in the late '90's In any event I was

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    I was rather uneasy with this book although I did manage to struggle through to the endThere were a few definite mentions of Orthodox Christianity when referring to ancient saints but everything else was the black and white ProtestantCatholic divide I don't know about many Protestant monastic communities but there are several Orthodox monasteries in the United States While I stop short of insisting she be com

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    This book is not an easy read but is beautifully written It is definitely not for everyone I have been uietly reading it ov

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    This book changed my lifeIt's hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet's perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedic

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    I love Kathleen Norris and all she synthesizes here Chipped away at this before bed for a long time Wanted to start it again when I got to the end For me the poet as theologian sure hits the spot

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    The Cloister Walk offers “food” for the soul at a time when many of us are hungry Norris’s book chronicles her expe

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    Norris is introducing us one by one to the core religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore every key dimension of monastic life with her Why celebacy; why community; why Scripture reading; why choir and music; why poverty; why we are not perfect I think like many people I expected this book to be a straighforward description something like This was my year in the monas

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    One of my all time favorite uotes by this author from another bookThis is my spiritual geography the place where I have wrestled my story out of the circumstances of landscape and inheritance The word geography derives from

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The Cloister Walk

Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is the uestion that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she Read this book many years ago but I can t recall exactly how many I m 99% sure it was in the late 90 s In any event I was still so ignorant about my own Catholic heritage at that point I hadn t even heard of The Rule of St Benedict which I promptly went out bought and read from cover to cover Now I have three or four copies of it When I think of a good rule of life I think of St Benedict s Rule and I am grateful to this Protestant woman for teaching me about it The Cloister Walk as best as I can remember it is a collection of essays written by Kathleen Norris about her discovery of and journey with The Rule of St Benedict and the monks of a Benedictine Abbey in Minnesota It is a very uiet meditative book which touched me deeply when I read it much like Thomas Merton s Seven Storey Mountain I pray that it isn t just a desire for escapism but a real hungering after that still small voice which can only be heard when one voluntarily abandons the outer world for the uiet and peace of inner communion with HimA beautiful book partly biographical deeply reflective and very spiritual Highly recommendedSadly I gave away my original copy of this bookso I need to get another This is a book worth owning Even though I was in my early forties at the time and a cradle Catholic product of 12 years of parochial schools

review The Cloister Walk

Found herself on two extended residencies at St John's Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual i This book changed my lifeIt s hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet s perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she s also a Protestant with a refreshingly level headed outsider s perspective on the seemingly impenetrable world inside a monastery The monks and nuns she describes are real honest witty and faithful people with great stories and a passion for their religion that seems very accessible My favorite of the chapters in the book are her essays on Catholic women saints one on St Maria Goretti and 1950 s American Catholic misogyny and one on the virgin martyrs They re very frank about the problems in the way the church has treated women and how Catholic women of faith including nuns have struggled with that over the years Very fresh compelling stuff Hour of the Beast residencies at St John's Abbey in Minnesota Part Dictionary Of Dreams record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the The Love of a Latino rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its Other Days, Other Eyes ritual i This book changed my lifeIt s hard to explain You Deception Island really have to The Family read it Based on my experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet s perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she s also a Protestant with a The First Partition of Poland refreshingly level headed outsider s perspective on the seemingly impenetrable world inside a monastery The monks and nuns she describes are The Hero of Varay real honest witty and faithful people with great stories and a passion for their Palestrina and Other Plays religion that seems very accessible My favorite of the chapters in the book are her essays on Catholic women saints one on St Maria Goretti and 1950 s American Catholic misogyny and one on the virgin martyrs They Blackmailed By Daddy re very frank about the problems in the way the church has treated women and how Catholic women of faith including nuns have struggled with that over the years Very fresh compelling stuff

free download Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Kathleen Norris

Ts sense of community can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives In this stirring and lyrical work the monastery often considered archaic or otherworldly becomes immediate accessible and relevant to us no matter what our faith may be A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea Norris is introducing us one by one to the core religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore every key dimension of monastic life with her Why celebacy why community why Scripture reading why choir and music why poverty why we are not perfect I think like many people I expected this book to be a straighforward description something like This was my year in the monastery We ate beans and prayed blah blah blah However we as readers receive something much wonderful rare and important While we DO receive a description of monastery life we experience it as Norris s personal spiritual journey all her revelations confusions doubts and certainties Essentially we see what happens to her FAITH What a brave and miraculous thing to show to strangers And much holy After all the material aspects are not what matter to Holy People or poets which is what Norris is first and foremost As much as I enjoyed this book at times I found it difficult to get through it It is not the most entertaining read but rather something for contemplation You need not be religious but you must be poetic and spiritual For the down times I gave it only four stars The Love of a Latino relevant to us no matter what our faith may be A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea Norris is introducing us one by one to the core Other Days, Other Eyes religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore every key dimension of monastic life with her Why celebacy why community why Scripture Deception Island reading why choir and music why poverty why we are not perfect I think like many people I expected this book to be a straighforward description something like This was my year in the monastery We ate beans and prayed blah blah blah However we as The Family readers The First Partition of Poland receive something much wonderful The Hero of Varay rare and important While we DO Palestrina and Other Plays receive a description of monastery life we experience it as Norris s personal spiritual journey all her Blackmailed By Daddy revelations confusions doubts and certainties Essentially we see what happens to her FAITH What a brave and miraculous thing to show to strangers And much holy After all the material aspects are not what matter to Holy People or poets which is what Norris is first and foremost As much as I enjoyed this book at times I found it difficult to get through it It is not the most entertaining उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] read but Cock Tales rather something for contemplation You need not be Son of the Hero religious but you must be poetic and spiritual For the down times I gave it only four stars

  • Paperback
  • 385
  • The Cloister Walk
  • Kathleen Norris
  • English
  • 10 September 2018
  • 9781573225847

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